♦ Alternative Practitioner Academy ♦ Illinois State Licensed School in Hypnotism ♦


Alternative Practitioner Academy
273 E Chicago St.
Elgin, IL 60120
The Alternative Practitioner Academy, also known as Leidecker Institute, was founded in 1996 and became the first school in Illinois approved to provide a professional training in hypnotism.

The school was founded by Art Leidecker, a Board Certified Hypnotherapist/Instructor with the

National Guild of Hypnotists, a Certified Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Instructor, and President of the International Association of Medical and Therapeutic Specialists.

Since then, we have earned the reputation of an institution that provides education in hypnotherapy and complementary health care therapies on the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

"You are the only center I trust to provide adequate information from the best teachers" (Evelyn Walsh, CH, Chicago, IL) - is one of the latest responses to the question "Why did you choose our school for your professional education?" And it is not the only one. Check for yourself what our students are saying...

Our goal is to educate the public in the value of hypnotherapy and other complementary healing modalities, promote harmony, mutual trust and cooperation among practitioners, and to protect and advance the art, science, and philosophy of hypnotism. 

We strive to establish and maintain a high code of ethics and encourage continuing education and high standards for our students in the fields of hypnotism, complementary healing, and self-improvement.
Our school is really the ultimate in accelerated hypnotherapy training providers.

Here are some reasons why:
  • Illinois state licensed school with the option of distance learning (hypnosis certification)

  • Hypnotherapy certification training - is approved by NGH and approved as continuing education for LCSW

  • Complementary Clinical Hypnotism certification

  • HypnoFertility® Therapist certification

  • HypnoBirthing® certification

  • Past Life & Regression Therapy certification

  • Parts Therapy certification

  • Supervised practice

  • Small classes (max 20 students)

  • Ongoing support for our graduates: answers to your burning hypnotherapy related questions, hypnotists podcast and free training on different hypnotherapy techniques and free workshops 

At the Alternative Practitioner Academy (APA), we do our best to bring the latest, most reliable and effective hypnotic techniques to our students and community.

If it starts with "hypno" (hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnotic, HypnoBirthing®, HypnoFertiltiyŽ) or if it is about enhancing your hypnotism skills (parts therapy, body wisdom technique, inner transformation therapy) we are probably engaged in bringing it to you.

One of the reasons why our students are so happy about their decision to chose us as their place for professional education is the wide rage of training opportunities, support, and encouragement they get.

You not only get training in hypnotism. You also have an opportunity to get training in other complementary health care modalities like Reiki or healing touch. And the list of opportunities doesn't stop there...

What you can get at APA is something you cannot easily obtain somewhere else: your hypnotherapy practice is taken care of as well. The "Business Transformation Therapy" does the trick.

It is the purpose and mission of the APA to provide the best education in complementary health care modalities to you - our students - and to the community at large, teaching the foundation of hypnosis and the use of hypnosis or hypnotherapy.
It is our mission to train individuals in the professional use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and advance their skills.

We have trained hundreds and hundreds of people like you in general and advanced hypnotherapy and are looking forward to serve you and bringing changes into your life.

To your success!

APA Staff & Faculty